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Goulais Wind Farm decision expected by April

Saturday, December 21, 2013   by: Darren Taylor

The developer of the Goulais Wind Farm and opponents of the project could wait for several months before a ruling is made on an appeal filed against the project’s go-ahead.

During the week of December 16, an appeal filed by Heyden resident Doug Moseley against the Ontario Ministry of the Environment's (MOE) October 4, 2013 approval of the Goulais Wind Farm Project was heard by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT).

The appeal, filed in October, came with the support of Lake Superior Action Research Conservation (LSARC) and Save Ontario’s Algoma Region (SOAR).

The MOE, on October 4, 2013, green-lighted SP Development Limited Partnership's proposal to build a renewable energy facility, consisting of 11 wind turbines designed to generate a total capacity of 25 MW, in the unorganized Townships of Pennefather and Aweres.

In an email to SooToday.com, SOAR spokesperson Gillan Richards said a release of the Tribunal’s decision on the matter must be made within six months after it receives notice of an appeal.

That means the Tribunal’s decision might not come before April 2014.  

SOAR and LSARC both oppose industrial wind farm development, not only in Algoma but also province-wide, insisting wind turbines are harmful to human health, a disruption to wildlife and the environment, costly and inefficient when it comes to power generation, and an eyesore on the Algoma landscape.

Meanwhile, the MOE this past week granted approval of the 58 MW Bow Lake Wind Farm project, to be situated 80 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie.

That project is a collaboration between Nodin Kitagan of Batchewana First Nation and Calgary’s BluEarth Renewables Inc., and will be constructed on traditional Batchewana First Nation territory.

It is not yet known if any individual or group will appeal that project.

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scottstewy123 12/21/2013 5:51:56 PM Report

I hope this project will be tossed out. NOT IN MY BACK YARD
Twistinwrenches 12/21/2013 7:28:12 PM Report

Hopefully by April we will have a provincial election and we can throw all the Liberal criminals out. Then we could have an elected leader bring us out of the hole the socialists dug us with green energy .
AverageSchlubb 12/22/2013 9:29:47 AM Report

Maybe the Tribunal will actually make the right decision. Hopefully they can act independently of provincial Liberal party lines and will decide with their eyes open using common sense in favour of the opponents.
scottstewy123 12/22/2013 9:33:32 AM Report

I truly doubt it Average . These panels are usually in the governments pockets
Gater 12/22/2013 9:55:24 AM Report

Yes no more solar/wind projects.. Put some NUCLEAR and COAL FIRED combo units here in the SAULT AREA..
GoulaisMa*Pa 12/22/2013 10:21:43 AM Report

I think it is time that posts should be restricted to real identities. It would certainly limit the hateful remarks (i.e. RocknRoll).
roxpin 12/22/2013 2:07:32 PM Report

Terrible this is happening. This is going to hurt tourism so bad why would i come to Sault ste marie from europe or another country ,to stare at windmills all day , the access to the area will be restricted too. ,,and also going to the public input meetings was a waste of time they where a formality and were going to do it anyways!!
hodedo68 12/22/2013 8:39:08 PM Report

GoulaisMa*Pa

"I think it is time that posts should be restricted to real identities"

Is GoulaisMa*Pa your real identity?
streaker 12/22/2013 9:15:22 PM Report

This situation where the Liberal government and their green energy bondoogle is getting out of hand.
There is already excess power being generated and the property owners being paid excessive dollars for wind generators on their property and paying usa power companys to take the power that is not needed here in ontario. It is costing taxpayers a fortune to line the pockets of these wind generator contractors from foreign countries. We do not need these eyesores in our back yards. Enough is enough!!!! If and when we need extra power . We have huge water resources that can be used without causing enviromental and landscape damage and more economical.Or gas fired hydro plants that are not effecting or degrading our landscape. Lets pull together and get rid of this liberal government who are dragging our beautiful province into bankruptcy and destroying it's natural beauty.
yfz350 12/22/2013 9:20:21 PM Report

I say put them up. I like there shiny red lights and the hum from them puts me to sleep at night.
AAP 12/23/2013 12:59:32 PM Report

@streaker

1. We no longer pay to have our excess power taken away although we still give excess power away for free. We do however pay for wind turbines & power plants to "idle" & not produce electricity. For example, Bruce Power is paid $1,000,000.00 a day to idle to reduce the supply of power to the grid.

2. Hydro generators have a huge environmental impact when they are built. That said, I think hydro is a great option as their environmental impact is pretty low over their lifetime & take no fuel.

What's really sad is that to reduce your power bill (if you heat your house and water electrically) you have to install a furnace/water heater that burns fossil fuels. Kinda opposite to the "Green Power" agenda.
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